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We’ve been pruning West Seattle’s lady gardens since 2009.

I’m a Seattle native and former aesthetics instructor. I’ve been in the beauty industry since the *last* time pastel eye shadow was a thing, and I’ve been sugaring for over a decade. I love helping people feel and look their best, even in the places that don’t usually see the light of day. I want you to feel relaxed and confident during your appointment, and to love the results.

Meet Our Staff



Emilie was born and raised in South Seattle. Growing up, her grandpa was her best friend. Their routine was always the same if they were together, and that familiarity was an important source of comfort for her. She intends to provide that same relationship with her clients, so that every time you come in for a Sugaring, you feel as though you’re just catching up with a friend.

After dealing with eczema and adult acne, Emilie became very interested in skincare. She graduated from the Esthiology program at the Gary Manuel Aveda Institute in 2018. Afterwards, took to sugaring after getting it done herself, and trained and received her sugaring certification after being hired on at Darling Sugar. She has now been a Sugarist with us for over 3 years.

Both a force and a Capricorn. You can find her at home watching New Girl for the 100th time, or at the gym on the stairmaster looking more tired than everyone else.

Interests: Dry humor, Will Arnett, and Apple pies.



Sammie has lived in West Seattle for the past 5+ years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance (opera) from Northern Arizona University. Her focus used to be on performing opera, but has recently (as of January 2022) started singing in a local heavy metal band, Telomyras.

Before becoming an Esthetician, Sammie was a client at Darling Sugar. She originally decided to become an Esthetician because she wanted to learn about skincare and how to heal acne. During Esthetican school, she decided most spas were too relaxed of an environment; she enjoyed chatting and listening to rock (sometimes metal) while she worked. She graduated from the Aveda Institute School of Aesthetics in 2019 and decided to become a sugarist. The only place she wanted to work was Darling Sugar.

In true Gemini fashion, her other hobbies include psychology, powerlifting, and baking.



Taja Bohannon (taj) Licensed Esthetician Taj is a PNW native, currently residing in Renton with her fur baby, Natsu. Taja completed her advanced esthetics training at the Euro Institute of Skin Care, where she fell in love with sugaring & treating muli-cultural skin. The fiery Aries herself is passionate about learning ingredients and treatments that are safe for all ethnic backgrounds and skin types, brow shaping, nutrition, and problem solving. In Taja’s spare time, you can find her studying for her Master Esthetician License, walking her dog, stretching in a 110° room & spending time with loved ones. Mental health is important to Taja, if needed please don’t hesitate to request a silent service. Fun Fact: ☀ aries | ☾ pisces | ↑ pisces Taja looks forward to sugaring you; Monday,Tuesday & Friday-Sunday


Vanessa Foley-DeLong, Owner and HSF (Head Sugar Fairy

As a former Aesthetics Instructor, who’s been in the beauty industry since the Great Eyebrow Tragedy of the 20th Century, I’ve seen it all. I’ve been sugaring for over a decade and love what I do. My goal is to make every individual that walks through our doors feel comfortable and confident throughout the sugaring process, and to look and feel their best by the time they leave. From Brow Design to full Brazilian and everything in between, your comfort and satisfaction is my top priority.

When not tending your “gardens” this Seattle native enjoys sewing, gardening (with actual dirt and plants!) and spending time with my husband Joey, our sweet and chatty cat Violet, and our goodest boy Wesley Crusher. You can also find me learning the game of disc golf or getting down at the roller rink.


I’ve been an esthetician for seven years and been sugaring nearly as long. I really enjoy getting to know my clients and am highly skilled at assisting clients of all shapes, sizes, genders, and sugaring experience so let me put your mind at ease and make this experience the best yet. As the newest team member, I’m super excited to join the amazing crew at Darling Sugar.

Originally from the Bay Area, I’ve lived in Seattle for the past 11 years and enjoy swimming, listening to music, and hanging out with friends and my dog Chloe.

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